Alexander "Rocky" Nawrocki Jr., of the Town of Lancaster, a World War II veteran and longtime volunteer firefighter, died Tuesday in Veterans Affairs Medical Center after a long illness. He was 83.
Born in Buffalo, he had lived on Ransom Road since 1927 and attended Lancaster schools. He worked as an assembler at American Precision Industries, retiring in 1986.
An Army Air Forces veteran of World War II, he achieved the rank of technical sergeant and flew 24 missions over France and Germany as a gunner aboard B-24 bombers. Shot down over Hanover, Germany, in February 1945, he was a prisoner of war for two months until he was liberated by Gen. George Patton's Fifth Army. He was awarded two Air Medals with three oak leaf clusters and the Purple Heart.
Mr. Nawrocki was a member of several veterans organizations, including Adam Plewacki Post 799, American Legion; Lancaster Post 7275, Veterans of Foreign Wars; Disabled American Veterans; American Ex-Prisoners of War; and the Military Order of the Purple Heart.
He was a longtime member of Town Line Volunteer Fire Department and its Benevolent Association and the International Association of Machinists.
Surviving are his wife of 50 years, the former Rose Marie Zak; a son, Daniel of Lancaster; a brother, Jerome of Amherst; and two grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, 1 St. Mary's Hill, Lancaster, after prayers at 9 in Wendel & Loecher Funeral Home, 27 Aurora St., Lancaster. Burial will be in St. Augustine's Cemetery, Lancaster.